As spring comes to a close, so does this year's round of Modern Mining in the Classroom.

This is the 4th year that the BC branch of the Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP) has championed and enlisted members as speakers for an in-the-classroom, outreach initiative. We successfully arranged industry guest speakers to share their expertise at 11 different Lower Mainland schools, reaching some 440 elementary students who are learning about mining or mineral resources. Since 2015 this industry partnership program has reached over 1,840 students.

Guest speakers do an engaging presentation on the mining process and talk about the nature of their own work in mining. They also demonstrate both froth flotation and magnetic separation--techniques that are used to recover different metals. This reinforces and enhances what the students are learning through their units.

Teachers and students appreciate meeting and learning from these “miners”, and the CMP volunteers enjoy the opportunity to share with the students.

This program is offered at no cost to the class, and we look forward to resuming this partnership program in the spring of 2019.